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LONG    LANCE

the chiefs teepee, and they got these^ too, all
bridled and ready for riding.

Pretty soon we heard the thumping of horses'
feet coming our way9 and this boy who had spoken
about the Crow baby got up and ranhe was
afraid that we were going to tie him. Just a few
horses came by us, and we kept waiting for the
others., but in a moment we saw our fathers com-
ing and we ran. When we got back to our
mothers our fathers told them that the Crows had
built a double corralwith a partition in the
centreand that they had found this out too late
to get at the other horses which were next to the
camp inside the corral. All of their best horses
were in that side, and we had got the poorest of
the lot, which was their aim in case they should be
raided.

But our braves had fooled them in one respect:
they had been bold enough to undo those prize
mounts at the teepee doors and fetch them back
with their Indian bridles and saddles already on
them. Our chief laughed at this; for he said that
if the Crows should awake and find their horses
gone they would have to make bridles before they
could chase us.

We made our way eastward rather leisurely,
considering what we had done, and daylight was
on us before we had got very far from the Crow
camp. In the early hours of dawn we could see

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